Spanish Language Immersion School Trips Andalucia, Spain

Spanish Language Immersion Centre, El Puerto de Santa María, in the province of Cádiz

Our Spanish immersion trips to Andalucia offers school groups best in class Spanish language immersion at the Sparksville residential centre in the town of El Puerto de Santa María, in the province of Cádiz.  We create bespoke language and culture programmes planned together with teachers, based on your language curriculum to make sure your students get the most out of the trip. We can include Spanish lessons at the centre tailored to your requirements.  

A Monitor will meet your party on arrival and encourage your pupils to speak Spanish from the get-go. They accompany you throughout your trip, challenging them to use their Spanish in everyday situations, and lead a programme of on-site evening activities, keeping your students entertained and engaged all day. Teachers can relax in the knowledge that their students are occupied while continually improving their language skills.

  • Spectacular, long sandy beaches characterise Andalucia.

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  • Stunning interior of the Alhambra Palace/ Majestic Seville Cathedral

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  • The Alhambra, Granada

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  • A pretty square in Cadiz

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Our Andalucia Language Residential Centre

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El Puerto de Santa Maria is located in Andalucia, in the idyllic setting of Cádiz province on the ‘Costa de la Luz’ coastline, and is well connected to several major airports, Seville, Malaga, and Jerez.

Its close proximity to the beautiful cities of Cádiz, Sevilla, Jerez, Granada, Ronda, Córdoba, Malaga, and Gibraltar make planning day trips and excursions easy. El Puerto is a town with a rich history and culture, the perfect place to experience the authentic Spanish lifestyle. It’s not well known to most northern European tourists and you won’t find many people who speak English, so students can really maximise their learning in a traditional Spanish environment.

The residential language centre is based in the Sparkville Spanish Academy Complex, a renovated hostel and is just for schools. The accommodation is a 15-minute walk from the town centre and beach.  

Sparkville has a kitchen and dining area, and there are also numerous chill out/social areas, such as the Plaza de las Américas, a little ‘outdoor’ space, and a big roof terrace which is ideal for barbecues and sunbathing. Your party's food and beverages are included and the centre is able to meet all dietary requirements. Many of evening activities are based onsite and tied into Spanish culture such as cooking Paella and salsa dancing, and you can choose to add watersports such as kayaking and windsurfing to your groups' itinerary.

Activities & Learning

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El Puerto is in the heart of Andalucia a town with a rich history and culture, the perfect base for an authentic Spanish experience where students will experience traditional Spanish living. A typical itinerary includes Spanish lessons taught at  the centre, guided excursions to your choice of the classical cities of Seville, Cadiz, Gibraltar or Granada, with their Moorish architecture and art treasures, a structured tour of El Puertos local attractions; Castillo de San Marcos, botanical gardens with resident parrots, a traditional family run sherry distillery, and Torre Tavira Camera Obscura, and a visit to the markets where students can interact with stallholders and practise their language skills.

Native speaking Monitors are local to the area and will help immerse students in the Spanish culture and encourage them to practise Spanish in everyday scenarios. Monitores will meet you on arrival and run your itinerary throughout your stay. They work with teachers in advance to understand the groups level and learning objectives and can focus on specific areas such as conversational skills, grammar, and exam techniques, practical language and cultural experience.

Evenings are centered around fun activities tied into Spanish learning and are an opportunity for students to have fun and unwide from the day, typical activities include cooking classes, games, and quizzes or a trip to a local bowling alley.

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Who is This School Trip Perfect For?

Our Spanish Language immersion programme at Andalucia is suitable for year 6 students right through to sixth form pupils. The centres Monitors have extensive experience in assessing your group's language abilities and adapting the programme accordingly so learners remain engaged and grow in confidence. 

Groups typically stay at the centre for 5 to 7 days to make the most out of the programme and get the best value for money.

When Should I Take My School Trip to Andalucia?

El Puerto de Santa María is well connected to several major airports, Seville, Malaga, and Jerez.  The overall price of the trip is likely to be dependent on flight prices if you can be flexible on when you travel it can make a significant difference. We suggest trying to avoid the peak months between June and July, there is more likely to be better pricing and availability outside key tourist periods. Whenever you travel, however, the Monitor will use their local knowledge to plan the most suitable activities for the time you are visiting.

Temperatures in Andalucia rise to above 20 degrees from May to October, with the hottest months being June & July where temperatures reach 28 degrees or more.  If you want to kick off the year's learning and give students a valuable head start with their Spanish language skills then Autumn term is a great time to travel whereas a spring term trip is a perfect way to stimulate students pre-exams and drive their motivation.

Spanish Language Immersion - How Does It Work?

Once at El Puerto de Santa María, your students will learn and practise Spanish through a variety of instructed activities and visits taken by the centre’s native Spanish-speaking Monitors. From breakfast through to evening activities every moment is seen as an opportunity for pupils to practise their Spanish improve their confidence, motivation and listening and speaking skills

Andalucia Spanish Language Immersion Programme at a Glance

Educational Objective

Build Spanish language communication, reading, oral skills and confidence in students Promote and deepen understanding of Spanish culture

National Curriculum Aims

  • To understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources
  • To speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what to say, including through discussion and questioning,  continually improving the accuracy of pronunciation and intonation and spontaneous conversation
  • Writing at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of learned grammatical structures
  • To discover and develop an appreciation of a range of Spanish language literature.
  • Exposure to wider cultural topics and insight into the Spanish Speaking (Hispanophone) world

School Tour Type

Spanish language immersion, multi-activity, residential

Duration

5-7 days

Location

El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz.

Tour Staff

Dedicated Spanish native monitores to lead all activities, trips and evening entertainment

Travel Options

Flights from most major UK airports to Seville, Malaga, and Jerez

Meals

Full board basis, Spanish style meals suitable for British tastes

Student Accommodation

15 rooms (ranging for between 1-5 people)and 12 of them have their own bathroom and 3 share, all have air-conditioning

Teacher Amenities

Wifi (password protected), en-suite rooms with air-conditioning

Sample excursions

Cross Curriculum Excursions

Alhambra Palace Granada

Alhambra Palace, Granada

Standing at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Palace, an architectural masterpiece, was built by Moorish princes in the 14th century. It gets its name from the reddish hue of the stones that were used in construction; the word Alhambra derives from an Arabic word meaning Red Castle. Despite looking like a fortress of pure strength from the outside, inside, the Palace's beauty reflects a much more delicate and intricate line of taste. It was originally designed to be a military fortress, but it became the royal residence of the court of Granada in the mid-thirteenth century. Throughout the following centuries, the palace flourished and it became a citadel of high ramparts and defensive towers, with two main areas. Firstly, there was the military quarter, called the Alcazaba, and secondly, there was the royal court. The site is now a UNESCO world heritage site and is considered to be one of the most romantic European destinations.

If you are staying in Granada over night, then don't miss out on the popular Flamenco Dancing show which takes place at 10pm every night in the caves of Sacromonte in the Gipsy district. The roots of this dance date back to the time of Moorish wedding dances and from the caves you will have a spectacular view of the Alhambra and Generalife lit up at night.

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Alcazar Palace Seville

Alcazar Palace, Seville

Built by King Pedro in the 1360s, the Alcazar Palace in Seville offers some of the best surviving examples of Mudejar architecture, although Islamic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements can be seen too. Mudejar architecture is a mixture of Muslim and Christian styles, resulting in a unique design that can only be found in Spain and Portugal.


Seville Cathedral and The Giralda

Seville Cathedral and The Giralda

Seville Cathedral is another one of Spain's UNESCO world heritage sites. It was built on the site of a mosque, after the Reconquista, to demonstrate the city's power and wealth. It is the third largest cathedral and largest Gothic building in Europe. Completed in 1506, it took just over a century to build, which given its size and detail is really quite impressive. Don't forget to see the monumental tomb that was sculpted for Christopher Columbus, to house his remains, which were transported from Cuba to Seville in 1902. The most prominent feature of the church is its massive altar piece, which is the largest and richest (it is covered in gold) in the world. It took the entire lifetime of one craftsman, Fleming Pieter Dancart, to complete and is composed of 45 carved scenes from the life of Christ. Also look out for the Moorish entrance court and the Giralda which are parts of the original mosque on which the cathedral was built. 

The Giralda is one of three remaining Almohad minarets in the world and dominates the Seville skyline. The Giralda was so admired by the Moors that they wanted to destroy it before the Christian conquest of the city in 1248, but King Alfonso X warned them that "if they removed a single stone, they would all be put to the sword." You may enter the bell tower from within the cathedral and climb up its series of 35 ramps. Although it is a long climb you will be rewarded by the dazzling view at the top!


Barrio Santa Cruz Seville

Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville

The neighbourhood of Santa Cruz is a favourite for Seville's visitors. With its narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses and tapas bars, it is a picturesque place to relax. It was formerly the Jewish quarter and some of the churches that you will see were originally synagogues. Take a walk down to the covered passageway, Juderia, onto the Patio de Banderas, to get a really good view of Seville Cathedral. Along the way, look out for some wonderful artisan shops selling some real Andalucian goods.


Cordoba

Cordoba

Cordoba has such a long history that we are still not sure exactly when it began. However, it was in the 2nd century BC that the Romans conquered and claimed Cordoba as part of their Empire, and it was then that it began to blossom as a city. It was used by the Romans as a strategic port for shipping olive oil, wine and wheat back to Rome. Cordoba’s heyday was as the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andulas.

It was during this time that work on the Great Mosque began. The Mosque Cathedral is possibly one of the most significant constructions in the whole of the western Muslim world. To begin with the site served as a religious point of worship for the Visigoths, and when the Muslims came a very simple mosque was built, and was shared by both Muslim and Christian communities. Under the ruler, Abderraman I, the Muslim population increased and the simple Basilica was demolished to make way for the more impressive Alhama Mosque.

The Alcazar of Cordoba is also well worth a visit. In its time it has served as a fortress, palace, headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition and prison. It demonstrates perfectly the development of Cordoban architecture through the ages. Roman and Visigoth ruins lie side by side with Arabic remains. By 1236, the castle was in serious need of restoration, so Alfonso X began reconstruction, which was completed during the reign of his son, Alfonso XI. 

In 1570, King Philip II, decided that he wanted to create a pure, thoroughbred, Spanish horse. For that reason, he commissioned the building of the Royal Stables, to be built on the Castle land. The vaulted ceiling, supported by simple sandstone pillars make these stables possibly the most beautiful in Europe and can be easily visited alongside a trip to the castle.


The Costa del Sol

Malaga

The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world partly due to its beautiful stretches of sandy beaches along the coastline. Malaga is the capital of the Costa Del Sol and apart from its beaches, it also has the honour of being the birthplace of one of Europe's most famous artists, Pablo Picasso. His home is located in the Plaza de la Merced, in the historic centre, and is now a Picasso museum as well as the Picasso Foundation headquarters.

Malaga's castle, La Alcazaba, is a former 11th century Arab fortress, built to protect the Port. The Citadel has more than 100 towers, three palaces and several gardens. It is an excellent spot to appreciate the fantastic views over Malaga's port and Old Town.

Sample tour

Andalucia school tour - 5 days

Day 1

  • Arrive
  • Orientation and Fire Safety demonstration tour and time to unpack
  • Afternoon/evening activity Beach Games or Bowling 
  • BBQ

Day 2 - Full day to Sevillia

  • Trip to Sevilla
  • Visit La Giralda (Cathedral)

  • Visit the Alcazar

  • Time to explore Barrio Santa Cruz

  • Walk to Plaza de España and free time to explore
  • Evening Quiz

Day 3

  • Spanish lesson
  • Ferry to Cadiz
  • Visit Torre Taviera & Tasting: Churros con chocolate

  • Visit Parque Genoves

  • Evening cooking class

Day 4

  • Spanish lesson
  • Walk to the bull ring for a guided tour
  • Castillo de San Marcos tour
  • Beach Kayaking
  • Evening games

Day 5

  • Packing and leave your rooms
  • Depart

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